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Welcome to the Wits History Department

Whether you are an intending major, sampling one of our courses as an elective, or planning on joining us for a postgraduate degree we are delighted that you have joined us on your academic journey.

You join one of Africa’s longest standing departments, established in 1917, five years before the University of the Witwatersrand itself came into being. After its early decades as a liberal history department in segregationist South Africa, it has become a leading centre for the study of the Africanist social history (or ‘history from below’), urban and public history and, most recently, transnational history.

Undergraduate Courses